Who is RTD?

Russell T Davies was born in Swansea, Wales in 1963. After attending Olchfa Comprehensive School, he was educated at Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English Lit in 1984. His first job was working in the theatre back in his native Swansea, but the lure of television was
beginning to pull.

His first step towards a career in television was when he enrolled in a Director's Course at BBC Television. After this he moved in front of the camera's to present one solitary
episode of kiddie favourite "Play School" (1987), decided he didn't like it and set his sights at the producer's hat.

He eventually got to wear it when he produced older kid's show "Why Don't You...?" It was during this time he also dipped a toe in the writing pool and created a sketch show for Saturday mornings on BBC1, called "Breakfast Serials"(1990)

Russell's big break came with his first television drama - a six part serial for kids entitles "Dark Season" (BBC1). This had a very young Kate Winslett stretching her acting muscles, and was to be RTD's first major success. This led, two years later, to "Century Falls", another science fiction drama which was well received and critically acclaimed.

In 1992, he crossed to Granada TV to produce and write for "Children's Ward", which was already a successful TV series. Spreading his wings, RTD decided to break into adult TV, and contributed a script for "Cluedo", a crime quiz show then playing on ITV, based on the board game of the same name. However, he continued working on "Children's Ward until 1995 and it was one of these episodes that was to win RTD a BAFTA for Best Drama in 1996. In tandem he was also working outside the children's TV realm on "The House of Windsor" and "Revelations".

After a brief stint as a storyliner on "Coronation Street" (for which he later wrote the straight-to-video spin-off "Viva Las Vegas") and contributions to Channel 4's "Springhill" in 1996, the following year he created the hotel-set period drama "The Grand" for prime time ITV, winning a reputation for good writing and high audience figures. He contributed to the first series of the acclaimed ITV drama "Touching Evil", before beginning his fruitful collaboration with the independent Red Productions company and creating ground-breaking "Queer as Folk", which caused much comment and drew much praise when screened on Channel 4 in early 1999. A sequel followed in 2000 and a US version, which still runs successfully in that country to this day. In 2001 he followed this up with "Bob and Rose", this time screened on the mainstream ITV channel in prime time. After writing an episode for "Linda Green" on BBC1, in 2003 he wrote the religious telefantasy drama "The Second Coming" starring Christopher Eccleston, which cemented his position as one of the UK's foremost writers of TV drama. RTD was disappointed with the reaction to his next project for ITV, "Mine All Mine" in 2004, but bounced back with critically acclaimed "Casanova", before taking his rightful place as god, by resurrecting the totally perfect "Doctor Who" . He lives in Manchester, UK.